Maryland Court Reviews Negligent Security Claim from Super Bowl Parade
A Maryland appellate court recently reviewed a negligent security claim stemming from the Baltimore Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl parade, according to this decision from the Court of Special Appeals. The appellate court found sufficient evidence to order further legal proceedings in this case.
In order to grasp the implications of this case, it will be useful to review the underlying factual background and legal analysis considered by the Court of Special Appeals.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, the Baltimore Ravens and the City of Baltimore organized a public parade to celebrate winning the Super Bowl. This parade began at Baltimore City Hall and worked its way through city streets all the way to M&T Bank Stadium.
The team and city invited the general public to attend the parade and congregate in the stadium for a free celebration. To facilitate this event, the stadium gates opened at approximately 10 a.m. While the parade was still underway, many people had already gathered at the stadium for the eventual celebration event.
By approximately 12:30 p.m., the fire marshal ordered the stadium to close its gates. In a corresponding measure, officers of the Baltimore Police Department went to the stadium to help deal with the ever-growing crowd.
A mother and her eight-year-old son arrived at the stadium to join the celebration. In the process of taking photos and trying to obtain player autographs, the mother overheard that several stadium gates were open. As she maneuvered toward those gates with her son, a large crowd rushed toward the supposedly open gates.
In their haste to push into the stadium, the surging crowd knocked down the mother and her son. Then the crowd trampled over both of them. As a result, the mother and her son sustained physical injuries.
To recover for their injuries, the injured mother filed a negligent security claim in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. This claim alleged that stadium officials were negligent for failing to protect the mother and son from injury from the large crowd.
The Circuit Court rejected these claims, deciding that stadium officials could not have foreseen this type of harm. Consequently, the injured mother filed an appeal with the Court of Special Appeals. After reviewing the case, the Court of Special Appeals determined that the lower court made an incorrect decision.
More specifically, the Court of Special Appeals concluded that the danger of such a large crowd was foreseeable, given the expected turnout for the Super Bowl parade and celebration. Moreover, stadium officials did not take adequate measures to ensure safety for the guests who attended the parade and celebration.
In light of this decision, the Court of Special Appeals remanded this case back to the Circuit Court for further legal proceedings. The Circuit Court must now reconsider the merits of this case and determine whether to award compensation to the injured mother and her son.
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